Welcome to ILGenWeb

ILGenWeb isn’t an ordinary genealogy website. Ordinary websites are those where text and sometimes pretty pictures are present, but trying to get in touch with a real person to help you with your research… almost impossible. The strength of ILGenWeb is its many volunteers, some of whom have spent over a decade assisting others with their Illinois research. Using our county page visit the Illinois county your ancestors lived in and first try and find any information the county may freely provide on their pages. If the particular fact isn’t available online, then reach out to the county coordinator (cc) and they will try and assist you as best they can. Most county coordinators have their email address available on their website, though some will use contact forms.

We Need YOU!

While the county coordinators and other volunteers have amassed an incredible volume of genealogical facts, a lot of the material they’ve placed online has been provided by researchers just like you. It could be as simple as a photo of great aunt Jan, or as complex as a database of all the cemetery transcriptions in a county… whether large or small, we take it, and turn around and provide it freely online for the next researcher to find. Please find a place to contribute!

Short History of Illinois

View of Loop - Chicago River and Lake Michigan

View of Loop – Chicago River and Lake Michigan
Postcard courtesy of Penny Postcards.

The first Europeans to explore what is now Illinois were Frenchmen Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet, who reached the area in 1673. The area was controlled by the French until 1763 after which it was controlled by the British. In 1778 it came under the control of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Territory of Illinois was created by an act of Congress in 1809. On December 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state admitted to the union. – For more in-depth history of the state, be sure to visit The Illinois History Project.


The Illinois GenWeb Project

Cheryl Rothwell
, State Coordinator
Morgan Johnson, Asst. State Coordinator
Dennis Partridge, Asst. State Coordinator, Webmaster